Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
. this is one of the great frustrations that chris matthews had and ed and the entire panel at msnbc. they were so angry and i think for good reason because there were basic -- >> joe, this is an important question. it's not just the analysts, it's the average american had the answers for that. clearly, this was not like chris matthews knew and he didn't know. every person i talked to said, well, why didn't he say this? he could not ha he couldn't not have the answers. >> hold on. this isn't a debate or chris or ed. this is a debate to win the election. i'm sorry, it may have been disappointing, but there was something else going on. you have the jobs numbers coming out at 8:30 this morning in just a couple of hours. you have a lot of other things at play, and he's in a certain position in this race. there must have been, as flummoxing as it was to watch, a strategy. what was it? >> i haven't said this for a very long time. i'll say it again, though. debates are where you show your depth of understanding about politics. i've seen 1,000 debates. i've participated in, you know, scores of debates.
Sep 28, 2012 1:00pm PDT
. chris matthews and "hardball" is next. >>> romney versus ryan, the divorce. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with mr. romney's divorce. why did he pick paul ryan for his running mate? certainly not for better or worse. mitt spends his days and nights acting as if he's out there all alone, that he never hooked up with ryan if the first place. i get it. romney doesn't want to get dragged down by his political mate's push for getting rid of medicare. he acts like ryan has no hold on him, but it's not the way it works. romney has slowly gotten the word that the voter out there thought the two had things worked out, that romney andya
Oct 2, 2012 3:00am PDT
to do is go hit the rerun of you doing chris matthews and i -- that makes my day. >> john: you mean on the cd? that's for the folks in radioland, i do the stephanie miller sexy liberal comedy tour with stephanie and hal sparks and aisha tyler. our album came out last christmas. i do an impression of chris matthews holding a five panel discussion where only chris matthews gets to talk. it guarantees i will never be invited on his show. >> caller: last thing i was going to say is all president obama has to do is say whatever mitt romney says is say hey your goal was not to let me do anything so i guess you did your job. no matter what they say that's all they've done is block him from doing anything and i'm surprised that he even helped the homeowners. i was one of them that got a really good deal. i was surprised that he even got that through because all he has to do is say wasn't your job not to let me -- >> john: you're right lilly. if i were the president, i would talk more about the jobs bill that was blocked.
Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. i'm chris matthews in washington. on the way to denver. let me start with this brand new nbc/wall street journal poll out tonight. what it shows in addition to an obama leading that's hardening is a deep concern that mitt romney said about that 47% of the country he says can't be counted on to meet its responsibility. it's that part of the country that romney has dismissed as free-loaders, moochers, takers. people, especially veteran families, people retired on social security, regular americans, that is, don't like being dismissed that way, injury added by insult. i'm joined by chuck todd and howard fineman with "the huffington post." the latest poll shows among likely voters the president leads 49% to 46% for romney. that's down net two points from two weeks ago when the president was up by five. to what to you attribute the movement, chuck todd? >> well, first of all, the more important number has always been the president sitting at 49% or 50%. i would go through his job approval rating at 49%, his ballot test at 49%, those converge, and that's what matters and 49% puts y
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
broke chris matthews! >> he's still broken. you know, at one point, when he's writing, was he writing in his diary. >> playing words with friends. got a couple of letters. >> couldn't let that go. >> oh, my goodness. >> all right. >> coming up, the escalating feud on the set of "american idol." did nicki minaj really threaten to shoot mariah carey. >> what? >> or is it just hype for the show. we'll see, and the magazine cover featuring new more and yahoo! ceo mar . . >>> just ahead, does this jerseyy make me look fat? some rough and tumble football players. a guy who played a prank on people waiting for the new iphone. >> that hurt. . . . i got this great kind of loft space. no way. cool. [ male announcer ] check out mcdonald's extra value menu and find the big taste of the daily double for just $1.99. just one of the great extra value menu tastes. the simple joy of being smart. ♪ [ female announcer ] sometimes, all you need is the smooth, creamy taste of werther's original caramel to remind you that you're someone very special. ♪ werther's original caramels. ♪ what do we do whe
Sep 30, 2012 12:00pm PDT
. >> chris, joe raises an interesting point, the same point that matthew dowd raised in a national journal piece. in preparing for the debates, romney and president obama needs to remember that judgments on winning or losing are much more stylistic than substantive. the public isn't interested in getting more detail-specific policy, but in getting pointers about people on stage. when debates have moved in the numbers in the past, it's been result the impressions, mannerisms, style. is it going to be all about style trumping substance? >> he's partly right. he debates especially when you see a significant change, are about moments. which candidate capitalizes on the moment. either that they engineer, or that they respond to because of the question. smart candidates go in the debate to define those moments. the problem i would say for governor romney is, it is more than just style. it is substance. if he gets asked on the stage. what specifically type of loopholes are you going to get rid of and he says, wait, i'm not going to tell you, i'm going to tell you after the election, it's one of t